Eliot Tower Closed for Renovation

Eliot Tower Closed for Renovation Great Blue Hill Eliot Tower and Pavilion is getting a face-lift this Fall!

The Eliot Observation Tower and Pavilion is closed for renovations.  The tower and pavilion are getting a new roof and the area around the structure will be off limits and enclosed in a chain link fence during construction. The DCR apologizes for any inconvenience.

For the best scenic view during the construction period, check out:

  1. The Blue Hill Weather Observatory and Science Center is open for rooftop viewing on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays, for a nominal fee. Space is […]

Your Vote Could Mean $5,000 for the Blue Hills!

Friends of the Blue Hills Volunteer Named as Finalist for Boston’s Cox Conserves Heroes Program… Please Vote for Caleb!

An extraordinary volunteer who does a tremendous amount for the Blue Hills, Caleb Blankenship, has been nominated as a finalist for this year’s Cox Conserves Hero. And if you vote for him, you will be helping to raise $5,000 for the Friends of the Blue Hills!

Vote Here for Caleb (Caleb is the third finalist on the page: the button to vote is under his photo.)

WFXT Boston 25, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, […]

Are you a Naturalist?”

Are you a Naturalist?” Recognizing the value of our surroundings through the eyes of a photographer by Jack Whitacre, PhD student in UMass Boston’s IGERT Coasts and Communities Program

What is Naturalism? Many don’t know how to define ‘naturalism’ but enjoy experiences outdoors. Whether flying a drone high in the sky, watching a stream’s flow, or looking to the drama in the skies and oceans, certain pursuits lead people to being in places at just the right time. Imagine receiving an unexpected call on a rainy night to photograph a rare species of mole salamanders making a misty journey to their […]

The Park Doesn’t Stay Nice By Magic

Ben volunteers to maintain the park, because…

Deer Management 2016 Program Review and 2017 Survey Results

The following is a press release from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Fish and Game about a public hearing, Wednesday, August 23, to review the 2016 deer management program and the results of the 2017 deer population survey.

Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation Mass. Department of Fish and Game PUBLIC MEETING – Blue Hills State Reservation 2016 Deer Management Program Overview 2017 Deer Abundance Surveying Results Proposed 2017 Deer Management Plan Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Milton High School Auditorium 25 Gile Road, Milton, […]

Celebrating Gifts of Today and Tomorrow

Honoring Hilltop and Skyline Society Members Celebrating Gifts of Today and Tomorrow

Members of the Hilltop and Skyline Societies were honored for their generosity and commitment to the Blue Hills at a summer soiree this summer.  Participants enjoyed an evening in the home of board member Laura Beebe, whose historic estate abuts the Blue Hills Reservation.

The Hilltop Society recognizes members who have given $1,000 or more in one calendar year to the Friends of the Blue Hills.  Skyline Society members have remembered the Friends of the Blue Hills in their Will with a gift of any amount.

Learn […]

Samantha Volunteers to Help the Trails

Samantha likes to care for the trails… How about you?  Check out the opportunities.

Stroller-friendly Hikes

The Best Stroller-friendly hikes in the Blue Hills Hiking is a great way to give your kids the benefit of exercise and the outdoors.  But when you have kids of different ages or you’re worried you’ll have to carry them home (or deal with tantrums), you might find it easier to try a stroller-friendly hike in the Blue Hills.  Most hikes are not stroller friendly, but here are two that are definitely stroller-friendly.  Both start from Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton. And if you’d like to take your tots on a hike, you won’t want to miss […]

Help Map the Noise

Please take a hike… and collect data on noise pollution

Saturday, September 16 (Rain date: Sunday, September 17) Drop in from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Walk takes about two hours) Blue Hill Ski Area, 4001 Washington St, Canton For questions or to sign-up: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.

If you like to walk in the Blue Hills, have an iPhone and are willing to download a $4 app, you can help discover how noise pollution affects both people and wildlife.  (The researchers can even reimburse you for the app!)

Your efforts will be part of a research study led by Boston University Professor […]

Best Short Hikes with Views

The Best Short Hikes with Views in the Blue Hills Reservation

Even if you’re just driving through the park and have a few minutes for a hike, you can still find a hike with views that are spectacular.  Here are three great short hikes with views that take about 10 to 15 minutes to get to the top to see the view.

Buck Hill from Route 28

For a short hike with a view, park at the third parking lot on your left as you drive north on Route 28 from Route 93, Exit 5.   Take the Blue Dot trail […]

Submit a ‘Photo of the Day’ on Instagram

The Blue Hills Reservation boasts some of our community’s most beautiful views of Boston and the surrounding area, with unique wildlife and plants to discover during your visit.

We invite you to take your favorite photos during your time at the Blue Hills and submit them by using the hashtag #lovebluehills.   

On Saturday and Sunday of each week – as well as throughout the week –  we’ll spotlight a Photo of the Day on Instagram for everyone to enjoy.

If your photo is chosen, we’ll tag your Instagram account in the post to help bring more eyes to your other photos as well!

So keep […]

Volunteer: Barbara Kirby from Milton

Barbara doesn’t maintain the trails… but she’s still an ace volunteer!  Barbara Kirby from Milton says she gets a lot out of volunteering…

Let us know if you’d like to help the Blue Hills too!   Learn more about volunteering.  Or email with your questions!


You Could Win Best of Boston Restaurant Dinner

You could win a once-in-a-lifetime dinner for six at the top of Blue Hill Observatory, the oldest continually operating weather observatory in the country. Enter the raffle and you could enjoy breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and the ocean while dining on an elegant meal provided by The Townshend, located on Hancock Street in the heart of historic Quincy Center. The Townshend just won the prestigious 2017 Best of Boston award for General Excellence on the South Shore.

Enter Raffle

Tickets for the raffle are $15 each or 3/$35. The drawing will be held at […]

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